To be fair, I cant take blame or credit for that one (nerf), but this is much better than "my preciousss!"
RIP, Trisword, you were too good for this world. My own crusaders and half-dragons will mourn for you, and pray for adjustments. To themselves, ofc, you were too damned good
EDIT: To be honest, the current tri-sword, unless it suffers being judged against the old one, is really poised to bring out the best in gnomes and halflings. People will notice unless they avoid it (but a avoiding a +dmg item is not smart in any case - fine sword is an autopurchase). If you look at it the right way, they (gnomelings) convert for blackspace, and can really afford to blow potions for temporary benefits. If a temporary damage increase translates into a permanent one via efficent leveling - that's something they can do, as opposed to the other guys. That's their strenght! The current trisword turns any potion in "help me level" potion, on top of being +7 (highest in the game) damage for dedicated potion spikers and +att % guys.
If it highlights anything, it's just how broken the old version was. And between converting for lvl-spiking benefits, alch scroll, it and converting for piety - I don't think halflings and gnomes were hurt much. Dwarves are also likely to see more play if "auto-prep" guys consider lockering a keg of health, and Orcs were being overshadowed by an item unfairly for quite a long time...